North Dakota company shares plans for Enid canola plant

The estimated cost of a proposed canola plant in Enid is $200 million.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: March 29, 2013
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— Northstar Agri Industries on Thursday unveiled updated plans to build a canola processing plant on 400 acres of land in east Enid.

The company, based in Fargo, N.D., met with industry partners, including farmers, elevator operators, food producers and feed mill operators to release details of the project, which is in the preliminary stages.

The company plans to build the main plant on 30 acres of the land at an estimated cost of $200 million, said Clarence Leschied, business development consultant for Northstar.

Final design work is under way on the project and Northstar is working to secure the necessary permits and rezoning for the project.

Canola production has been increasing in northwestern Oklahoma. Canola is used as a cooking oil, for frying and in salad dressings, Leschied said. Canola meal, a byproduct in canola oil production, is used as livestock feed.

Northstar operates a canola processing plant in Hallock, Minn.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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